As the Celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month is approaching, we are remembering the uprising of Stonewall Inn. In the early morning of June 28, 1969, a police raid in the area led to a series of spontaneous demonstrations by the gay community. When the raid turned violent, the village lesbian, gay youths, and neighbourhood people fought back, turning into a riot. This incident fuelled the gay liberation movement and 20th century LGBT Rights in the USA.
The movement’s uprising inspired millions to live up to the promise of equality, liberty, and justice for all. The movement advocates the inclusivity of all communities, irrespective of gender, caste, color, and belief. After more than four decades, LGBT Americans of Massachusetts had won the right to marry in all fifty states, and it was indeed a great victory.
June is celebrated as Pride Month to recall the harassment and violence the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer community has endured and how they bravely fought back to achieve remarkable victory.
Every year in June, the LGBTQ community worldwide comes together to celebrate Pride Month and paints rainbows all over the streets. In June, if you will be in the USA, then here is our ultimate guide to the USA’s Pride Parade 2022.
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San Francisco, California
San Francisco created history in 1970 when 30 to 40 people took out a parade from Aquatic Park to City Hall. The next day it drew more attention, and several people actively took part in the parade. The Golden Gate city has always taken pride in being one of the most liberal states in the USA. San Francisco’s streets are overwhelmed by nearly 100,000 people who flaunt their rights. It is regarded as the world’s Gay Mecca. After two pandemic-hit years, San Francisco is set to organize its Pride Parade 2022 with the theme ‘Love will keep us together.
Boston or Beantown is known for its inclusivity, and so when June comes around, the city comes together to show its support for LGBTQ rights. You will find the queer culture in every nook and corner of the city during the month. During the week-long celebration, glitter fills the air, people participate in fun-filled events and adventure sports, and rainbow flags take over the streets. Since Boston has several neighbourhoods with a large LGBTQ population, with South End being the most notable, the city hosts the most eclectic events during pride month.
Although the LGBTQIA in Portland is a year-round scene, the annual pride parade is the town’s highlight. The celebration of diversity was started in 1977 and witnessed 60,000 spectators in the past. The Portland pride Festival is the largest visibility avenue and attracts new supporters to promote the legacy of LGBTQIA rights. The event attracts thousands of visitors and raises the much-needed fund to help the LGBTQIA business community.
The pride parade of Washington DC is one of the nation’s oldest events that advocate inclusivity and equal gay rights. The first such event was organized in 1975 with a small block party and street festival. However, as the community grew and started receiving support from all corners of the nation, the pride events added more features. From public history lectures to pool parties and happy hours, people of all genders and communities celebrate the event and embrace each other with respect and love.
Pride month is a major affair in the ‘windy city. The celebration is a full-month pride scene packed with colorful events. The city hosts a two-day music festival, and the streets turn into a riot of color during these two days when the community takes out a four-mile procession through Lincoln Park, Uptown, and Northalsted. Most of the events take place in Boystown. Despite its modest beginning, Chicago’s LGBTQ- Pride festival grew into one of the world’s largest and most vibrant scenes. To experience the pride month in the ‘Windy City’, read our Chicago Travel Guide for complete information about the city.
Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles, or our beloved LA, is not just about Hollywood and megastars. The annual LA Pride Parade attracts thousands of crowds annually along Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. The history dates back to 1967, when the city witnessed the earliest demonstration at the Black Cat Bar in Silver Lake, three years before the world’s first permitted gay rights parade, organized in 1970. If you want to be a part of this thriving Pride fest, visit West Hollywood, home to the Abbey and nabe’s big gay heart.
San Diego, California
San Diego embraces people of all stripes and advocates LGBTQ rights. Visit the Uptown neighborhood of Hillcrest- the heart of San Diego’s LGBTQ community. The neighborhood is always packed with something fun and exciting to do. You do not have to attend the pride parade in June, as it is a year-round celebration in San Diego that attracts over 25,000 visitors annually. However, the parade is an enormous affair and features famous drag queens, elected officials, LGBTQI families, and multiple stages with over 90 acts.
Denver has a well-established LGBTQ community, and its laid-back nature attracts members of the community from all over the world. The two-day event during the pride month witnessed over 350,000 people to Civic Center Park. The motto of Denver’s annual pride month is to spread love and equality. With several events, 200 vendors, live concerts, and thousands of proud people, the energy is contagious in Denver. On the Parade day, the crowd leaves early at 9 am from Cheesman Park, Denver’s most eclectic LGBTQ neighborhood.
The rainbow flag is the symbol of LGBTQ pride and diversity, and during the LGBTQ pride month, the flag takes over the streets to show support for the most persecuted and marginalized community. Several countries have banned same-sex marriage, and a relationship between two of the same sex is still considered a crime. Despite the United Nations Human Rights statement that says it is a criminal offence to discriminate against people because they are gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual, several countries have not yet legalized it. Thankfully the USA showed the world how LGBTQ are as normal as any other human being and deserves equal treatment as any other person.